"Bet On Baylee" took place Saturday April 5th at the Roseville Community Center from 11AM- Midnight.
The 14 hour fundraiser includes silent auctions, half and half drawings, Texas hold’em tournaments and more. For over a decade Jody Thompson has held this event in honor of her daughter Baylee and to raise funds for the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation.
"Mitochondrial disease stems from a defect in the mitochondria. Mitochondria is where ninety percent of your energy is made and stored, it’s found in every cell of your body. So where it wants to rear it’s ugly head so to speak, there are a vast array of symptoms that can accrue," said Thompson.
Baylee Tompson, 14 yrs old, suffers developmental delay from mitochondrial disease. She was diagnosed in 2001. Baylee has never walked or talked and frequently suffers seizures. She relies completely on the help of her family.
"It’s said statistically that every thirty minutes a child will acquire a form of this disease by the age of ten," said Thompson. "This disease kills more children than childhood cancer. So it’s not a rare disease, it’s just misdiagnosed or undiagnosed. We’re trying to rectify that."
This was the 11th year for the "Bet On Baylee" casino and auction. Many articles from auction are donated from community members, as well as professional athletes and entertainers. After overhead costs, 100% of funds raised go toward the UMDF.
If you would like to donate to Baylee and children with mitochondrial disease you can visit www.umdf.org